What strikes me is that every four years we go through a loss of memory as to how traditionally American it is to hurl personal insults and spin preposterous claims to your political opponent. This is not new, and politics have not really hit a new low with the likes of Donald Trump.
Intergenerational worship is something we all say we value in the local church. But, it is not easy to display in real life. My daughter, Emilie, has led worship with me since she was about 13. Now, with her college work, songwriting, boyfriend and day job it is quite a treat to co-lead with her whenever I can. Ministry, whether as a paid “church worker” or volunteer lay person is a family business. Or, at least I think it should be. Our faith should be passed on not just in word but in deed.
All Sons & Daughters song “Great Are You Lord” is now a Dad & Daughter song as you will see on this recording. How are you living out intergenerational ministry?
As a church communications director, I have learned over the years that people respond to stories better than information. As a speaker, I know this is true. In fact, the Bible is almost three-fourths narrative. Jesus used stories as his teaching, almost exclusively. Why is it then that we look at announcements as just announcements? My proposition is that announcements are invitations to join in the larger story of God’s work in our church and the world. Are we thinking too small of our announcements in worship?
Greg Johnson of On Being Human has been busy lately. Besides his band, Greg and his bandmates work on movie and TV soundtracks, produce artists (even people like me), and have been known to cover a video game tune or two. Murrieta, California has few as talented and creative when it comes to the professional music field.
Recently, a visiting ministry leader shared with our church a short snippet of what God was doing with him and the work to train pastors overseas in Europe. Then, he mentioned that out of say 750 million in Europe there could be 700 million heading to hell. A friend sent me a text saying it felt weird to hear it that way. I agreed.
The power of collaboration has been evident throughout the ages. And I feel like more and more I’m experiencing how dynamic collaboration with kindred creative’s can be. And when you connect at the core with another gifted artist, and God provides the spark…there’s no ceiling.
In case you wondered if there were redneck geeks in Europe, this story and video will prove the fact to be true. An artist in Amsterdam collaborated with a helicopter expert, paying tribute to his cat who lost his life from vehicular homicide. In honor of the aviator Orville Wright’s first flight, this kitty gets a 10th life. So, his name, Orvillecopter, makes perfect sense, even though this whole ordeal does not. For your enjoyment, I posted a video below of Orvillecopter actually taking flight.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) David Kelley believes we can go through a series of steps to be creative. This confidence is what is called “self-efficacy” or a sense that you can change the world and that you can attain what you set out to do. He believes all people have this. This is not conventional wisdom, regardless of whether you think you are a “creative” or not. There are those of us for some reason who know this confidence in ourselves. We are often called “creatives” and innovation is part of our DNA. We think we can change the world through a song, some software code, a business model, or whatever discipline and achievement we innately express. The truth is we are all created in God’s image so all people are created to be sub-creators. As Kelley shared, it only takes a rejection event during our childhood to acquire a paralyzing fear that keeps us from creating, innovating, or doing something new. Once you have been chastised for drawing outside the lines the childlike love of drawing disappears. We all have memories these kind of events. “I can’t draw.” Hogwash! You can draw, and you can learn to draw. But, the confidence to do so…
Is religion really a bad word? I wrote about that in an article last year. (Why saying “I’m Not Religious” is a Cop Out!) This video poem, “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” is powerful, creative and resonates deeply. I applaud the artistry. But, I think there is just something about semantics asking for more thought and discussion, which any good art should allow. I wrote this in June last year: Religion is not cutting or whipping one’s self, living silently in a monastery, singing emotionally in a worship service. It is not the Inquisition, the wars of the Crusades, the failings of a Pope or local church pastor. It is not complicated and requiring of academic prowess or hours of serving in a church ministry program. In fact, it is not something a seminary owns rights or that one particular church can claim as their original thought. What is it, then? Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27 New Living Translation (NLT) Being for Jesus does not mean I have to be against true religion. What does “religion” really mean? I think semantics are important. Hypocrisy gives religion a bad name. It feels great to rally when something emotionally feels…